Roman Butler Fullerton & Co. boosted its holdings in Ventas, Inc. (NYSE:VTR) by 2.9% in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 9,844 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock after buying an additional 275 shares during the quarter. Roman Butler Fullerton & Co.’s holdings in Ventas were worth $628,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of the business. AdvisorNet Financial Inc increased its position in shares of Ventas by 6.8% during the 4th quarter. AdvisorNet Financial Inc now owns 2,491 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $146,000 after purchasing an additional 159 shares during the last quarter. West Oak Capital LLC increased its position in shares of Ventas by 4.9% during the 1st quarter. West Oak Capital LLC now owns 3,400 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $217,000 after purchasing an additional 160 shares during the last quarter. Colony Group LLC increased its position in shares of Ventas by 3.3% during the 4th quarter. Colony Group LLC now owns 5,425 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $318,000 after purchasing an additional 171 shares during the last quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. increased its position in shares of Ventas by 11.5% during the 4th quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 1,776 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $104,000 after purchasing an additional 183 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. increased its position in shares of Ventas by 9.4% during the 4th quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 2,410 shares of the real estate investment trust’s stock valued at $141,000 after purchasing an additional 207 shares during the last quarter. 88.50% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
In other Ventas news, CAO Gregory R. Liebbe sold 4,113 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.67, for a total value of $249,535.71. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 14,627 shares in the company, valued at approximately $887,420.09. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director James D. Shelton sold 5,940 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, March 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.79, for a total value of $384,852.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 46,860 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,036,059.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 111,577 shares of company stock valued at $7,149,673 over the last 90 days. 1.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
Ventas (NYSE:VTR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 8th. The real estate investment trust reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.95 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $923.26 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $913.92 million. Ventas had a return on equity of 3.54% and a net margin of 10.93%. The firm’s revenue was up 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.03 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Ventas, Inc. will post 3.81 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 12th. Shareholders of record on Monday, April 1st were paid a $0.7925 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, March 29th. This represents a $3.17 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.32%. Ventas’s payout ratio is 77.89%.
A number of brokerages recently issued reports on VTR. Morgan Stanley began coverage on Ventas in a research note on Thursday, March 28th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $61.00 price objective for the company. ValuEngine downgraded Ventas from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 16th. Deutsche Bank boosted their price objective on Ventas from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 29th. BMO Capital Markets boosted their price objective on Ventas from $62.00 to $64.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, March 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Ventas from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, December 31st. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $59.33.
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Ventas, Inc, an S&P 500 company, is a leading real estate investment trust. Its diverse portfolio of approximately 1,200 assets in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom consists of seniors housing communities, medical office buildings, university-based research and innovation centers, inpatient rehabilitation and long-term acute care facilities, health systems and skilled nursing facilities.
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